Las Vegas — A women drove her car into a group of people on a sidewalk at Las Vegas Strip, killing one pedestrian and injured at least 35. The police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Lakeisha Holloway.
According to the Associated Press, the incident occurred yesterday at approximately 6:40 p.m. outside of the Paris and Planet Hollywood casino-hotels. The car was a 1996 Oldsmobile, which Holloway was driving with a three-year-old child as passenger.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the episode had been recorded on video and added that it seemed like the suspect’s actions had been intentional rather than accidental, as she drove to a hotel, parked, and asked the valet to call the police, explaining that she had run over some people. Lombardo claims that Holloway was stoic while getting arrested.
The Associated Press also reported that the sheriff told them the police still didn’t have any definitive motive as to why Holloway might have acted the way she did, however, they suspect the incident was the sequel of a fight with the father of her child. In addition, a drug recognition expert claimed that the woman was under the influence of a stimulant.
Las Vegas Police Captain Brett Zimmerman said they had crossed out terrorism as a possible motive, but the investigation still suggested the incident had been intentional.
“It was chaotic. I was running down the street saying, ‘Move! Move! Get out of the way!’,”Antonio Nassar, an eyewitness of the incident, recounted the incident to reporters.
Las Vegas Police Department Lt. Dan McGrath said the suspect wasn’t from Las Vegas. She had been visiting the city for a week, motives unknown.
Regarding the victims, a Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center spokeswoman said the facility received 11 adult patients, who she assured were now in good conditions. The University Medical Center treated other 11 patients whose conditions are yet to be confirmed.
The Clark County Fire Department stated that 70 of their emergency crew workers aided around 50 people on the scene.
Source: Washington Post